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8/7/20 9:20 P

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It's nice for you to have the weather you can plant and harvest most all year. Our season ends usually in September, but by October for sure. I do have some blossoms on the tomato plants. so I might get a few other than the 2 cherries. I think there is also one blossom on the cucumber.

I was talking to the tree guy today and he said that the neighbor's tree has a lot of carpenter ants in it. Didn't say anything about mine, but I got wondering what to do for them. Do any of you have them around your plants and house? I'd like things to be completely organic here, but I am thinking I might have to do something about the trees and non-food items.



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Good job, JaneyBee! My motto is plant one thing every day, it adds up! But the heat, drought and runaway weeds have got me! That changed yesterday. I was all set to plant some seeds today, but saw the moon signs say no planting today and tomorrow. Until I looked into the science, I thought that was hokey, but the moon's gravity does effect water and how water moves in tubes (capillaries of plants). So why not?

Every morning my husband and I spend 5 minutes on weeding in an area (and feed the weeds to the chickens). That little task daily has made a big difference. Best discovery amongst the weeds: LOTS of grape tomatoes found and caged! These were grape tomato seeds I squeezed out of the tomatoes I bought from the store and put on a flat of soil. They came back true!!

The only pepper plants producing are the non-hybrid plants that I overwintered last year. That is a lesson. Also a lesson: I drop and cover pepper seeds and tomato seeds from when I'm making a meal. These often come up. There isn't enough time for the pepper plants to produce this year, but I'll overwinter them indoors and then they will start producing earlier in next year's season.

I weeded an area yesterday and saw some creeping sedums that needed to be cut where they were climbing the ac unit. I'm planting those in a pot today (for later planting in gardens when they are rooted. While sweeping and cleaning the spiderwebs on the front porch (this week's flylady tasks), I found some spider PLANTS that needed to be potted.

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It cooled off today, so I planted a few squash seeds. Pole beans tomorrow.

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I weeded an area next to my retaining wall garden and will plant pumpkins today (from seed of a pumpkin I picked a couple weeks ago). The wall holds heat so I'm hoping that plants there might survive early frost.

My water bill was double due to the last month's worth of over 90 degree days and no rain.

If you are making pickles, remember that putting a tender grape leaf in the jar will help keep them crisp!

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After so many days of their predicting rain and us not getting it, I am surprised my garden was surviving. Most of the tomato plants are doing okay. The Anaheims are small. I don't know how big they are supposed to get. They never have been very big when I've had them. I did almost lose the strawberries, but the plants have come back. Can't say the same about the berries themselves. Haven't gotten any off the plants at all. I did get one cherry tomato for me.

I do have some flowers still blooming. Another gardenia is blooming and the white petunias. I'll try to water again in the morning.

Walked around the church benevolence garden Sunday. That is one nice garden. Maybe I can get Betty to show me how she does it next year so I can get something out of mine. Meanwhile, I'll see what they have that I can get. I only noticed cucumbers ripe Sunday.



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I finally have enough okra to make oven baked no oil "fried" okra. Yum!

Pear sauce is simmering in the crockpot. I saved the cores for making pear jelly. Pears are so sweet--no sugar is necessary. I'll make pear vinegar and maybe pear wine from the peels. I saved the seeds to try to propagate. Putting them in damp soil in a zip lock bag and putting them in the fridge drawer until they germinate.

The picked green peppers are being made today into Kung Pao Chick peas.

Given the recalled onions, I wish I'd planted more!

What is going on in your gardens?

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8/1/20 1:10 A

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I guess I'm not the only one battling high heat this summer. I still think I may try more green beans when we get passed the current 100 degree days.

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So far I think the only full plant I have lost is the cucumber, but I didn't have the right shoes to go down to look. The tomatoes looked like they are growing okay, but I couldn't tell if any blossoms are on them. Can't tell about the Anaheims since they are smaller plants. I hope they are all good, anyway.

My friend said they have tons of cucumbers. Bigger than the pickling ones that I was growing, though. They have full size. They also have huge zucchini and summer squash. Their peas burned up when they were in Minnesota.



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Sorry to hear you guys are having trouble with critters.
A bug has been nibbling on hubby's plants.
Don't know why it is eating the leaves.
What can we put on there to keep them off??????
Chris also got two more tomatoes and a Purple Bell Pepper.
So yeah we have a good bit of plants out there now.
(That is not including his 7 Begonia plants).
Hope you are all doing well.
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Fancyqtr: I totally feel your pain. I've been so down about the annihilation that a bunny has done in my garden: ate EVERY single of MANY planted squash, zuchinni, pumpkins. I planted them after losing all of the previous ones to squash vine borer!

That combined with 17 straight days of temperatures in the 90s with no rain. We decided that next year, we will only grow green beans (on the hoophouse), peppers and okra during the hottest part of the summer. It just hasn't been worth our effort.

Next, right now, I will start squash,, zuchinni, pumpkins and transplant to the garden under Mesh. Hoping that when the plants are larger the bunnies won't eat them.

Also, the better boy tomato plants I planted have produced nice tomatoes, but they are determinate and done. Kind of a downer as I only got about 6 good tomatoes. As I've always said, my volunteer tomatoes always outperform and produce all summer/fall.

One win: My over wintered pepper plant produced well. I'll take them all in this winter and plant early next year.

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Oh Darlene, how sad to lose your harvest. When you have fewer plants each becomes more precious. Glad you have a farmers market to get some good fresh veggies.

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Went down to check my garden last night. Something has pushed my makeshift fence up to go under it and I can't get it back down. Cucumber plant has been eaten up again I was going to get my cherry tomato, but that has apparently been eaten, as has the one that was getting ready to ripen. The only other tomato started is another cherry, very small and not close to ripening.

I went to a Farmers Market yesterday and got a Cherokee Purple tomato. I am going to save seeds from it to try to grow next year. Have to get it eaten soon, because it is really soft already.



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Congratulations on the new plant, @PINKGIRL23 that will be fun for you. And with the longer growing season y'all have, plenty of time to enjoy the produce.


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HI Fancy And MsLivingWell.
How are you guys doing?????
Yeah I am happy that we are trying container gardening.
I think my hubby said that the tomato plant is a yellow one.
The bell peppers are the normal green.
Though would like to look into purple one year.
Chris wants to go get some cherry tomatoes.
We have two plants that didn't make it.
So he is going to use those pots for his tomatoes.
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Holly, that is wonderful.

I went down to see if any of the Cherokee Purple tomatoes had grown and ripened last night (or maybe it was the night before). It seems that someone might have switched the labeling cards because I have a couple of red cherry tomatoes on that plant. I am going to go to the farmers market this weekend and try to get one of those and keep the seeds from it. I wonder what my yellow tomato plant has. I hope it is the yellow. I have heard they aren't as acidic as red ones. I don't know about the purples.

My cucumber plant has made a little bit of a comeback. I don't know how well it will keep going, but it has some leaves now. I forgot to check the chilies.



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Yay! Pinkgirl. Let the garden obsession begin.

The heat and humidity have kept me from the garden the last four days. Except for picking. I had only two tomato plants that were bought. I was a little disappointed that they weren't producing. BUT they WERE! All the tomatoes were hidden and I found 5 big beautiful ripened on the vine tomatoes!

I harvested the peas I left on the vines for seeds. I've dried seeds for asparagus and hope to get those planted this week. I had saved the seed stalks of pak choi and mustard/turnip in feed bags and will be shaking and stepping on them this week to harvest my seeds. When I did this before, I put the chaff in a pot and found I still had enough seed hiding in there to make a very full pot of greens.

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Hello guys, we done it.
Hubby had to stop at Home Depot today.
We got one Tomato Plant and One Bell Pepper Plant.
Got plenty of potting soil and even some bug killer.
Hoping that it goes well.
I will be keeping an eye on them.
(Thinking about calling the plants Tom and Bill). lol
Hope that all of you are well. Have a good one. Holly

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7/22/20 10:22 A

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We have a lot of leftovers or soup (served over rice or sweet potato) for breakfast. We eat a whole foods plant based diet (to good effect, I might add). Today it was waffles with peaches instead of syrup. Sometimes I make miso soup with vegetables or vegetable taco soup to have for breakfast. We often switch back and forth each day between soup based breakfast and whole oats sweetened with fruit. Sometimes I will make avocado toast (with hm pita, lettuce or rocket, everything but the bagel seasoning and tomato) Mostly, I replace the avocado with hm low fat no oil hummus (I like dill pickle or mustard flavored hummus).

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7/22/20 2:31 A

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Sounds like you have some good plans. If your climate allows you could try planting some fall/cool weather crops to get something out of this year. Peas are my favorite, but here I can't consider planting them until November. When I first moved to this area I could plant peas in October but it keeps getting warmer. We used to get a freeze in November, but I can't remember one in years. We've had treats of freezes in January, but didn't happen.

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I started out with adding the compost and peat moss to the garden area. I am wondering if I can manage getting some of those each month until next year (though this month isn't going to work) so that I have enough for the entire garden. Then I am going to check out that almanac that Kim had mentioned. (I think it was her). Just hope I can get it done on time next year. I have a little, little plastic greenhouse that I will try to get up for next year, too. I will have to tie it to the railing on the front porch.

We have had the slightly cooler temperatures and they keep predicting rain, but we haven't gotten any yet. That might be part of the problem with my cucumber. I do try to keep it watered. I think that bugs are getting to the cucumber, though. The other plants look okay down there.

I think that next year, if I am still around, I will crowd more things in there. I have grown zucchini, cucumbers, and other squash (winter) before and at least the plants all lived. I didn't get much in vegetables from them, though. I had one butternut squash that got to be about 3 or 4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. At least the garden looked like something.

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Darlene, that's too bad. I hate losing plants. See if you can add some compost as a mulch and coax them along. Otherwise see what you can learn for next year.

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Cathy, they do still make the Grape Nuts. I saw them when I was at the store the other day.

I have some raisin bran that I've had a few times recently. Guess I am going to have to stop that. My BG is much too high.

My cucumber looks like it is completely gone. At least when I looked after watering it looked all brown for as little as was left of the leaves. A couple of the tomatoes aren't growing at all and one of the chilies isn't doing too well, either. Somehow I don't think I will get anything from the little I planted.



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@CBRINKLEY401 Sure, any cereal should work. Raisin bran is super high in sugar (partly the raisins). I use the follow cereals for my yogurt/dried fruit combination, Ezekiel, Uncle Sam's, and Kashi Go Lean. Dad says they taste like cardboard, but when you mix it with other things, it provides a nice chew to an otherwise really soft meal.

FWIW. But yeah, switch up topping to your preferences.

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Not gardening related, but I was wondering:
SP mentioned Grab & Go Cottage Cheese as a recipe for a cold breakfast option. Basically put sliced peaches on the bottom, then cottage cheese, then raisin bran cereal on top for crunchiness.
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Any suggestions as to other toppings I could substitute for the raisin bran? I was thinking something like grape nuts cereal (if they even make it anymore - haven't bought it in years so not sure), or something like that. Granola? Other?

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All of my trees are fruit trees. Orange, 2 kinds of lemon and two kinds of tangerines in the back as well as two kinds of lime that both died above the graft in an extra hot summer. We've let the root stock grow hoping to find a sweet lime trimming to graft a new top. In the front yard we have peach and apricot that are finishing up now. We've been more focused on eating and giving away our bounty, not preserving. I do make jams in the bread machine. Small batches not processed so I do freeze some.

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@CBRINKLEY401 I'm with you. We had a silver maple and a huge mulberry tree, both of which are incredibly messy plants. My parents kept asking how to grow grass around those trees. The last straw was a storm in which big branches came off both trees, and we were finally able to convince my father to let us work on the tree situation.

We miss the shade and the wild cherry tree, but the yard looks so much more open, and the grass is coming back. Unfortunately the Crimson King maple has shelf fungus, and its only 20 plus years old. I hadn't known that shelf fungus was a signal that the tree is dying.

Magnolias, although beautiful are also in that category of messy plants. Hope you can save it, but if you can't then you have the pleasure of planting something much better in its place.


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Just spent over 4 hours between yesterday and today scrubbing mold off my new (last Fall) concrete driveway. Magnolia tree next to the driveway has magnolia scale. The honeydew they excrete also causes black soot mold to grow on the leaves and unfortunately also on the driveway.
Still have more to do, but ran out of bleach. This is the 3rd time I've scrubbed the driveway. I've also been using a hose set to "jet" on the branches to knock off as many of the scales as I can, and it's gotten a lot of them off, but I have to get on a ladder to reach more, and of course the leaves get in the way too.
I have a soil drench to use around the base of the tree, which helps kill the scale as they suck the sap, and neem to spray on all the branches I can reach. And dormant oil once the leaves fall to suffocate the nymphs (they usually emerge mid July to mid August, depending on the temperatures, and that stage is when they are most vulnerable, though they are so small you can't really see them unless you are close up). The adult females will then start dying and the dead scales may fall off the tree starting a few weeks after that.

At least my hubby agrees with me that if this doesn't kill them, we are cutting down the tree. I'm not going through this again next year! I've wanted that tree cut down for years now, but hubby doesn't. Magnolias are beautiful in the Spring, but this one was planted between the driveway and the house, too close to both of them, instead of in front of the house and further away from the driveway.

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I never knew that. Those ones by the fence just kept growing and producing the entire time they were down there.



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@Fancyqtr no exceptions noted, butthe 2nd year canes should die on their own. The first year canes should also come up on their iwn, so what you planted had no 1st year canes, only 2nd year ones.

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Guess it depends on the raspberry plant (kind). Those ones that grew wild at the fence from nextdoor produced every year, I think until after my dad passed away.



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@FANCYQTR if I recall rightly, raspberries are 2nd year plants. So they grow the stalk the first year, produce fruit the 2nd year, die the third year. Will put the link to the MG site that talks about it. It is also possible that in your area, it is challenging to grow raspberries, so maybe check on that with the agricultural extension office?

Or with the MGs, if you have a hotline in your state. We have one for Michigan, and it is really cool to ssee the kinds of questions that come out of that. www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yar
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I am glad your plant didn't turn out Poison Ivy.

My friend gave me some raspberry plants a few years ago and I got some tiny raspberries the first year. I planted them in a deep container so they wouldn't grow wild all over the yard. Neither his nor mine produced any raspberries after the first year.

We didn't get any more rain after the one downpour yesterday. I was sure hoping we would. It was much cooler yesterday and today, so I hope that waiting til tomorrow will be okay. I noticed looking out the window that some of the wild trees are starting to grow back down next to the garden, so I'm going to have to get back and get rid of them. I hate those things.



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We have a raspberry plant growing up next to the back porch now. Probably needs to be pulled out. Not in a great location (the portico is a deep one, not enough sun probably). Family thought it might be poison ivy, so I checked. Definitely raspberry family, and not a creeping/viney plant, so fortunately not PI. Loathe PI. I know we're organic here, but I make an exception for the poison oak family. That stuff is lethal for me.

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We had raspberry plants that grew wild in our yard from our neighbors yard. For the longest time I kept seeing where raspberries had been, but we never saw any. I had a dachshund at the time and she loved those raspberries, it turned out. I saw her picking one one day. I don't think we ever got a raspberry. Doxie liked other things,, too. Dad would have his tomatoes just ready to pick the next day and when he went out there the tomato was gone. He thought the squirrels were eating them until he caught Doxie eating it.

My cattle dog boys were also veggie and fruit eaters. Blue would eat just about anything. Both of them helped me with the grapes when I was picking them. I didn't know then that grapes were toxic. Fortunately they didn't suffer any bad results from eating them. They lived to 15 and 16. Blue found a pumpkin I had that was starting to go bad, too, and ate it. Those dogs got more of my garden produce than I did.



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@FANCYQTR I don't think I follow anything in particular, but the almanac, which has been around a long time is probably as accurate as anything. But that's why it helps to talk to local people about what they specifically do and when they plant and why.

Around here, people like to have competitions about how soon they get their plants in the ground. Silly really, because for whatever reason, plants seem to develop at the same rate, no matter how soon you put them in. Unless killed by frost, in which case, you're out of luck. LOL.

But the colder temps tend to retard the development, so planting at or around frost date usually works out better for the plant and means far less shielding from frost, etc. All of which you already know... I'm just babbling.

As for fruit trees, Grandpa was the first in this area of the state to graft other kinds of apples on to a single apple tree. People came from all over to learn from him how to do it. Pretty cool. They had a Victory Garden. Would love to have apple trees in our backyard, and am hoping to get those planted this year. I think that like other kinds of fruiting trees and shrubs, you very often have to remove a few blossoms if you want the apples to be bigger. So you might consider that if you ever get another apple tree, try taking som eof the blossoms off so that the remaining fruit is bigger.

The grandparents also had raspberries, strawberries, and such small fruit. I don't know how they kept the raspberries from getting out of control.

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We used to have peach, plum, cherry and apple trees, but something got to them and killed all but the apple. Nobody could say what killed everything, so the only one still here is the last apple tree. I think there were 3 peach trees (might have been 4) but they all died right away when they were replaced. Whatever killed them must have still been around. Now everything is so overgrown that there wouldn't be a place to put new fruit trees if I could afford them. I wish I could do some. I've also tried to get the grape vine cleaned up some with no luck. I'll try to trim it up again, but it won't do anything until next year. Problem with it would probably be getting water to it. Also that wild plum is in the way (grows right though it).

I suppose the possible lack of anything coming in this fall is why the church planted the benevolence garden. It didn't look very large, but it is the first time they have done that, I think. It gives a lot more than any of mine have.



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Fancyqtr: What is a shame is that people don't plant fruit trees in their yards anymore. And the ones that buy a house with them, consider them a nuisance and they don't pick. I remember that a house nearby would put up a sign when their peach trees were ready to pick and allow neighbors to pick them.

I've been picking and making blackberry jam from wild blackberries on our farm. I'm saving all peach and plum pits to start trees from seed.

I daily look for squash bug eggs, tomato hornworms and japanese beetles. I should be picking them, but all I have had time for is knocking them off and dusting flour on the affected plants.

Defrosted the freezer and reorganized it to make room for the produce I am growing. This makes a huge difference to the winter grocery bill. I believe we are in for supply chain food problems in the fall/winter. If you consider that the two main areas of vegetable growing--california and florida are really being hit with covid, it stands to reason. Grow all you can!

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I have wild plum trees (at least that is what they seem to be) growing in my yard. Cassie used to love those. The only problem is they have huge thorns on them. I don't get enough from them to do anything with them, though.

Next year I should have some apples. My folks planted a golden delicious. The first time I saw apples on there after Dad passed away I waited and waited for them to turn red because I thought they were still the Jonadels. They are really small apples when they grow, which is every 3 years.

I wish I had something I could make jam with. I did applesauce with the apples one year.



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Thank you Kim.
Will definitely keep that in mind.
How is your garden coming along.
Hope that you are doing well. Holly

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I left my failure of a dwarf apple tree die, but another rootstock--probably crabapple grew from it. it has tiny apples that are kind of tart. I will use these for making jam as it has natural pectin. Today I'll add them to the wild blackberries I picked yesterday.

I plant every lemon seed I get from fresh lemons You have to plant them quickly before they dry out--unlike many seeds. I had a lovely Meyer lemon tree that really produced--and I don't live in ca or FL! I like to give lemon trees as presents.

I'm pushing it to plant pumpkins and other winter squash around all the edges of my gardens to get a harvest before frost. That is my focus this week. But I try to plant SOMETHING every day even if it's only one seed or rooting one cutting. It adds up over the season.



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Kim, do you follow the almanac when you are planting? I looked at for the Denver area and I guess it would fit for most years around here. I don't think this year. I think it snowed Mother's Day or soon after. Mother's Day to Memorial Day is usually the best time to plant, they say. (Of course, I am always late getting started, so my plants aren't any to compare to). I am curious how well it works out for other people and their gardens.

I am in region 5 for planting.

I am finally getting some water all the way around the garden, I think, and it is with barely turning on the water to the garden. My little seedlings are starting to grow. I wish we could get some rain. I thought we would this afternoon since it got really cloudy with the kind of clouds that usually mean rain, but we got nothing today. I can remember one year it rained a lot and I got lots of everything. Huge basil plants (I barely have a few leaves showing up of my min-ibasil now) and I had a coleus that was about 3 feet tall and 4 or 5 feet wide. Usually can't get more than about a 6 inch tall coleus.



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@PINKGIRL23 You're in growing zone 8b, which means you may get temperatures down to 10 degrees ,so plants need to be able to survive that. Somehow, I suspect this really isn't a big concern. In contrast, I am in growing zone 5/6, so a bit different than yours.

Your last spring frost on average occurs on or about March 27. So keep that in mind for next year, you can probably safely start planting a garden around then. There's even a planting calendar from the Almanac, which may be a good guide for you to start planning. I suspect that in your area, people may plant a second garden as soon as the weather starts to cool down a little, so that they can enjoy fall crops until November or maybe even December.

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Thank you for the information on growing microgreens. I was successful to get some cucumber seed to germinate (or at least eleminate that non-germinators. I plant them as soon as I see germination. I cut a window in a 10 ltr soda bottle (so I can fish out the germinators) I soaked for three days, then flush and drain with water every day.

Lots of rain, so we are weeding to beat the band here. Staying ahead of squash bugs by picking the leaves that have eggs (and placing in my compost tea bucket).

While I haven't done a scientific experiment, I can tell you that I see a MARKED difference when I water with the diluted compost tea. At this time of year, we don't get very much rain. When it rains, obviously things grow, but in between rain, I water with the diluted compost tea --and things just ZOOM. I added the seeds of hot peppers when I cook to the compost tea bucket. This is because bugs don't like spicy! A win-win.

Happy to find amongst the weeds the strawerry plants I started from shaving the seeds from store bought strawberries. 10 survived! A whole other flat was dumped by the cat!

Picking blackberries for jam.

What's happening in your gardens?

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Extreme heat here. Very hard on plants and people.

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Hi Kim. I live right below Bainbridge GA.
Atlanta is probably 4 hours away from me.
As for the frost date, I have no idea.
Will see what money we have next week.
(And see if Hubby wants to try some tomatoes).
He is off next weekend.
Having to do his 12 hr Night shift this week.

How are the rest of you doing?
Do I need to put mulch on the Potted/Container plants????


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@PINKGIRL23 Georgia should be able to grow lots of vegetables. But asking someone in your region might be more useful. I'm considerably north of you (Michigan) ,but used to live in Tennessee (northeast area). Atlanta was about three hours or so drive for me from there.

In which part of Georgia do you live? That may guide us (or others here) into advising you. Peppers and Tomatoes are pretty much sun loving plants, so you may still get a crop if you plant now, although it might be fairly late in the fall. You will have to mulch the roots well, because the heat in GA can be challenging, and possibly will want to rig up some shade, so that they don't bake in the sun for 16 hours. Too much of a good thing.

Georgia has clay soil, so its possible you might do better with container gardening, so that you can put it out for the day, and move it into shade to keep it from getting fried by the sun. Worth a try. I hope you do try, and have some fun with it. See what plants are left in the greenhouses. Ask the greenhouse people for some advice too. They may suggest other plants or seeds to put down, so that you get some return for all your work. In TN, people started planting about March. In GA, it is likely earlier than that by at least a week?

Do you know your "frost date" ? This is the date when you can reasonably plant vegetables and not have a killing frost. Our is Memorial Day weekend, yours I'm sure is at least a month earlier.

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I am still having problems with the watering. I tried a different setting yesterday and moved the sprinkler to the corner of the garden. Still couldn't get everything wet, but got about all but the cucumber. Now something has eaten most of the leaves of the cucumber. Do I use DE on and around it or what? I have never been able to get rid of bugs on certain plants.



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Good Idea JaneYBeee.
Thank you for trying Fancy.
I understand. My hubby has a green thumb.
He is working 12 hr shifts right now though.
Can't really plant anything else at the moment.
(I am managing not to kill his flowers. lol)

Hi MissLivingWell. Thank you for the welcome.
We want to try tomatoes.
Might just wait until next year to do it though.

Hope that all of you are doing well.
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How about peppers? Depends on the size of you containers and how well they hold water. You could try smaller squash, green beans, and anything that you like well enough to pay lots of attention to it. You could design some shade for the hottest part of the day, easier in a container than flat ground.At this time of year you should pick varieties with fewer days to ripen.

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I can't really help you with that, Holly. I have been able to grow cherry tomatoes, but other than that the only things I've succeeded in growing in containers is herbs.

I guess your growing season might make a difference what you can grow in the containers from this time of the year. Our growing season is rather short, usually. We can't really plant until the middle of May, at least, and the end of the season is usually late September or so. My dad used to have a great garden. Mine has never been too good. I keep trying, though. My neighbors planted their first last year and got quite a bit from it.



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Welcome holly. Will the containers be in the sun all day? I've only been successful growing tomatoes in containers. I plant a tomato in the center of a large pot with one geranium cutting (for beauty), and one or two herbs==usually dill, cilantro or basil.

Mine are on a porch but get a lot of sun. They must be watered on a 1 or two day basis.

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Hi how are you guys doing?
My name is Holly and I am new.
Trying to figure out how to start a container garden.
Do you have any ideas on what veggie will grow in GA?
It gets hot. I need veggies that won't die in the heat.
Or should I just wait until next year???? Holly

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Pulled the potatoes and planted zucchini and yellow squash in their place. Put pumpkins on the edges of the garden. I'm seeing squash vine borer damage on some of the squash family plants I have already.

Picked the first armenian cucumber today. They are supposed to be resistant to the SVB!

Tomatoes are starting to ripen and I am looking forward to many dishes using them!

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Annamaria if you can't dig them out, hoeing them off at soil line sounds like a good plan. It may take a while, but should work if you keep after them. No leaves, they can't feed the roots.

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Thistles are a problem in one of my gardens. Canada thistle. I read online to clip it off with a sharp hoe before it gets over two leaves high but not seeing an improvement.

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Janey, I tried putting the soaker upside down, but it wouldn't go that way. Every time I try that they turn all sorts of directions. The hole is also too large. It is over a quarter inch long.

I put a spinner in there and thought that would work well, but I found out yesterday that it is missing several areas of the garden, leaving some of the plants dry. One of my tomatoes isn't doing anything due to heat and dryness. So I will be off to find a sprinkler that will work better.
heat and dryness. So I will be off to find a sprinkler that will work better.

I have a question about the cucumber I got. This was the best one they had. Since I got home I noticed it has tiny yellow spots on the leaves. Can anyone tell me what they are? I will try to show here:




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Darlene, too bad you have so many varmints trying to mess up your gardening efforts. Can you put the soaker hose face down on the ground so it doesn't spray or are the holes too big?

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In the past Pete has rented a rototiller to dig up that garden plot. This year and last year I just got everything going too late. I have been trying to water for a little while each evening. My neighbors tried gardening for the first time last year (they could afford to do raised, too) and watered every day and got a pretty good harvest, though they didn't think it was that great, so I am hoping that will help mine. I only water about 10-15 minutes. I had a soaker that a friend gave me and used it twice, but something put some big holes in it so it just ended up shooting the water straight up in the air before it got to the garden. So last night I went looking for a short hose so I could attach the spinner sprinkler and put that in the middle of the garden. I know it's supposed to be watered from underneath, but every time I do something puts a big hole in the soaker.

I also got a pickling cucumber plant that is fairly well started to put in the empty spot I have left. I don't think it can handle more than that one plant there. Plus a few more petunias for out front. Something dug up part of the ones I had planted out there, which I thought were the red ones. So I got red and white, a 6 pack of each (cheaper than 1 plant of the slightly larger size) and got home and found out it is the blue that I need. I'll have to get another planter started for most of those since I only need to replace 2 or 3, and I will see if I can find some blue ones or something that will work to go with that is the blue color. I hope they will last the summer. Sometimes I get really bored with no color around here.



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